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CCM, Composition, Musicology and Theory
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CCM's composition programs provide students with a knowledge of music both past and present. In addition, students study the various analytical and compositional procedures of music. The division serves as a resource for all music students, and especially serves its own majors, enriching the already active musical atmosphere of the college.

The CCM Center for Computer Music contains several classroom studios and smaller rooms, working environments for composition, research and performance. The facilities contain 8-channel, 5.1 and stereo audio systems.

Courses cover introductory electronic music, techniques, advanced computer and electroacoustic music composition, music programming, timbre studies, multimedia composition and improvisation.

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What is Composition?

All MM programs consist of performance requirements (lessons, board examinations, recitals, ensemble participation), and academic requirements in music theory, music history, graduate research and writing, and music electives. For specific requirements, see the CCM bulletin: from the CCM homepage ( click on “Apply to CCM” to go to the online application.

Freshman Admission Requirements

• Undergraduate degree transcripts • International students: TOEFL exam • For scholarship eligibility: 3.0 undergraduate GPA

For specific audition requirements, see The CCM Application Handbook: from the CCM homepage ( click on “Apply to CCM” to download in pdf format.

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Music Program please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form. In order to complete the admissions process, you need to visit the Music Program website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Music Degree in Composition

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria



Phone: 513-556-9478
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